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Head Start After School Program’s Licensing Review
After School Director
Thursday, December 6, 2012 • Posted December 6, 2012

After a long Thanksgiving break the Head Start (HS) After School Program received a “drop-in” licensing review. Having been a TEA peer monitor myself, and as a director I appreciate these unannounced reviews. A school should always be prepared for a monitoring review at anytime. And, if a school is managed properly there shouldn’t be any surprises when a monitor suddenly and surprisingly appears. The planning of the review right after a long break is a good monitoring tactic. The monitor had many good things to say concerning her review. Unfortunately, what is said often never appears in the final review document; either a school is in compliance or it is not. The monitor stated: 1.she was impressed with the relationship between the FUMC and HS (our relationship is not the norm), 2. the cleanliness of the facilities, 3. the rapport between the children and staff, and 4. the quality of the snacks However, like any good monitor she discovered three noncompliance issues: 1. I didn’t have the menus up in the classrooms. 2. The staff’s planning books were not readily available for review by parents. 3. And, there has to be a sink in one of the classrooms. The first two issues were completed the next day, and the third issue can easily be solved by providing a portable sink. After searching on the internet I found that Cabelas has a portable sink for less then $50. We will pay for it by using some of the generous donation we received from FUMC. We have been in “our new school” (comes from the children) for about two months, and we are off to a good start. However, this would not be possible without the blessing from the FUMC, the leadership of Pastor Lee and Kim Porter: the Stonewall Head Start Director, the After School staff: Kim Hiley and Dianne Brussel, H.S. Parent Advocate Tanya Watson, the church staff: Secretary Angie Bacon, and the Wesley Nurse Cindy Leonard, Trustee Chair Ronnie Bachelor, all of our parents, and our regular volunteers: Becky Morris and Barbara Hudson. The FUMC Activity Center is now filled everyday with the happy chatter of children… well, most of time. Occasionally, we do have a few tears.

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